Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Feb 3rd 2011 7.00am–10.00am
R=listener request. N=music new at the station. L=local music. Your purchases using the Buy it! links
Time zone: central
Nina Simone “Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood”
from To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story (RCA From the Earthworms album archives - from our College Daze! 2008) —Recorded in 1964 and pre-dating the Animals' version. Written by Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell & Sol Marcus.
Dionne Warwick “I'm Your Puppet”
from Sweet Inspiration: The Songs of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham (Ace 2011) N —The first great compilation of 2011 featuring songs written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham recorded by artists such as Charlie Rich, Etta James, Sandy Posey, The Box Tops, James Carr, Barbara Lynn, etc. This track was recorded in Memphis for Scepter in 1968
Dan Penn “Love Is Strange”
from Nice Place To Visit/Love Is Strange single (Atlantic 1968) —Soulful take of the oft-covered song written by Ethel Smith, Mickey Baker & Sylvia Robinson from the b-side of a 1968 Atlantic single. Produced by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham. Thanks to Tony C. for making me aware of this.
Aretha Franklin “I Can't See Myself Leaving You”
from Aretha Now (Atlantic 1968) —Reissue of her 1968 release. Written by Ronnie Shannon who also wrote some of her hits like "I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You" and "Baby I Love You." Produced by Jerry Wexler with arrangements by Tom Dowd & Arif Mardin.
The Marvelettes “Too Many Fish In the Sea”
from The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 4: 1964 (Hip-O Select / Motown 2006) —RIP Gladys Horton who sang lead on this and other great tracks like "Please Mr. Postman", "Playboy" & "Beechwood 4-5789." The opening of this track sounds identical to "First I Look At The Purse."
The Funk Brothers “Too Many Fish In the Sea”
from 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Funk Brothers Single (Motown/Universal 2004) —Music bed. Original backing track for the Marvelettes hit.
Fitz & the Tantrums “Breakin' the Chains of Love”
from Pickin' Up the Pieces (Dangerbird www.dangerbirdrecords.com 2010) —Coming to the Blueberry Hill Duck Room on Saturday (2/12). I haven't seen them but have heard really good things aout their live show. Written by lead singer, Michael Fitzpatrick.
Jonny “Waiting Around for You”
from Jonny (Merge 2011) N —This debut release featuring Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub) and Euros Childs (Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci) was made available for digital download this week. Not available in record stores until April 12. Can't figure that one out. Fine pop song, though.
Dusty Springfield “Wasn't Born to Follow”
from Goffin & King: A Gerry Goffin & Carole King Song Collection 1961-67 (Ace 2007) —Goffin-King song recorded in 1970 for the Philips label. Gerry Goffin: "Around 1967, Carole and I had a fight & I took a little trip to Big Sur with a friend. We dropped some acid and I wrote this (the lyrics) right as I was coming down from that trip."
The Rising Sons “Take a Giant Step”
from Honey & Wine: Another Gerry Goffin & Carole King Collection (Ace 2009) —The Rising Sons included Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder among its members. This Goffin-King song was originally recorded in 1965 but wasn't released until 1992. Produced by Terry Melcher.
Iris DeMent “Let the Mystery Be”
from Infamous Angel (Warner Bros. 1992) —"Everybody's wonderin' what and where they all came from / Everybody's worryin' 'bout where they're gonna go when the whole thing's done / But no one knows for certain and so it's all the same to me / I think I'll just let the mystery be."
Sandy Posey “Are You Never Coming Home”
from Sweet Inspiration: The Songs of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham (Ace 2011) N —Written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham and recorded for MGM in 1967. Produced by Chips Moman.
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